Teatihuacan Ruins

Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

We were up early and met the driver of the van, who was taking us to see the ruins.  haha, he's a crazy Amigo!

First up, the day was sunny (again, always is, and very hot!) and we were taken to the section of Mexico City which had the largest site of Aztec Ruins.  Seeming though Mexico City was built right over the top of the Aztec Ruins, they've destroyed most of it, however pockets throughout the city have been disocvered and protected.  It was pretty interesting, the layout of the markets they would of had, and there's a pyramid that was 46m tall there, however the Catholics took the blocks to build there church right next to it.

From here, we took a short stop to a section of the city in the west.  Here is an absolutely huge catholic church which is sinking, and you can definitely see this and feel it when walking around inside.  This is the site where 'apparently' the Virgin Mary whispered to a priest that the Catholic religion needs to be introduced to this place, and then was confirmed by a mark left on a guys peice of clothing left by rose petals.  So the Christian / Catholic church invaded the new land, causing alot of killing and suffering, claiming the newly settle city as their own and began the conversion of natives and destruction of monuments.

From here, we travelled out to a little village just outside of the Teatihuacan and visited a family whiched showed us how to make tequila from cactuses.  Its amazing how many things you can actually do with a cactus, from soap/shampoo, to needle and thread, to paints, water and alcohol.  The Aztecs utilized all of these throughout their culture.  Another thing they showed us is the local Obsidian rock, which is absolutely amazing and changes colour in the Sun depending on the type of Obsidian rock it is.  This rock was the most valuable peice of Material for the entire first Millenium in this area, which all the cultures used it to carve, trade and treasure.  The family here makes carvings from this rock and has been for generations.

We eventually entered the gates of the Teatihuacan ruins.  I was gob smacked straight away and the height of these pyramids.  At one end they have the Moon pyramid, which is the most valued from the Teatihuacans as it represents saftey for loved ones and family.  The pyramid stands at 46m tall.  Half way down the valley is the Sun pyramid which stands at 66m high.  Its not quite as high as egyptian pyramids, but its the largest in volume in the world (and u can climb right to the top on these ones).  The valley extended to over a kilometre, and was just amazing to look at it, especially with the fantastic weather here, it really is always sunny!  We met this canadian couple, and another couple of people from Melbourne over on a holiday and walked around the ruins with them.  Lovely people!  We all climbed to the top of the Sun Pyramid, and at this altitude of 2,500 metres we were all very buggered.  The steps are so small and steep too, so a tad scary at times when you loose your balance. haha!

At the end of the day we said goodbye to the Ruins.  Its a really wierd feeling walking amongst it all, attempting to imagine what it would of been like fifteen hundred years ago...
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